I stayed there after a dinner in Tollsbury, and needed a bed for the night. The Blue Boar Hotel is a gem. It’s an old fashioned country-town hotel full of oak panelling, heavy oak furniture, Georgian paintings on the wall and floors that creak in a reassuringly old fashioned and comforting way.
My room was eminently comfortable – with a bath! And the breakfast this morning – full English but hold the meat – was quite possibly the best and most satisfying I remember ever having had in a hotel.
The pity is that since I live only a dozen miles away, the opportunities for staying there are limited. However, any sailors who fancy a trip to Maldon with the flood tide and don’t fancy staying on the boat overnight in the mud, the Blue Boar is a mere ten minutes walk away. I promise you it is worth it.